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"At once cautionary and hopeful, Designing Modern Childhoods is an indispensable and incisive analysis of the special role of the built environment in both opening and foreclosing good futures for kids around the globe."
-Michael Sorkin, director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York

"From Turkish schools to New Zealand playgrounds and American summer camps, these essays offer a fresh and challenging take on the modern city from the perspective of its most overlooked residents."
-Dell Upton, professor of art history, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book takes the reader on a richly detailed and imaginative journey into the changing organization and meanings of childhood."
-Barrie Thorne, professor of sociology, gender, and women's studies, University of California, Berkeley

"This imaginative and original collection will play an important role in enhancing a growing interest in the history and sociology of childhood."
-Peter Stearns, provost and professor of history, George Mason University

In Designing Modern Childhoods, architectural historians, social historians, social scientists, and architects examine the history and design of places and objects such as schools, hospitals, playgrounds, houses, cell phones, snowboards, and even the McDonald's Happy Meal. Special attention is given to how children use and interpret the spaces, buildings, and objects that are part of their lives, becoming themselves creators and carriers of culture. The authors extract common threads in children's understandings of their material worlds, but they also show how the experience of modernity varies for young people across time, through space, and according to age, gender, social class, race, and culture. The foreword by Paula S. Fass and epilogue by John R. Gillis add additional depth to this comprehensive examination.

Marta Gutman is an associate professor in the School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York/CUNY.

Ning de Coninck-Smith is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Sociology at the School of Education-Arhus University.

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Kathryn Shattuck
Designing Modern Childhoods circumnavigates the globe to examine how children have been cared for, emboldened, coddled, toughened up and even manipulated by adults who thought they knew best when it came to providing a child’s physical world.
New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813541969
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Series in Childhood Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Paula S. Fass     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: Good to Think With-History, Space, and Modern Childhood   Marta Gutman   Ning De Coninck-Smith     1
Child Saving and the Design of Modern Childhoods
Connecting with the Landscape: Campfires and Youth Culture at American Summer Camps, 1890-1950   Abigail A. Van Slyck     23
A (Better) Home Away from Home: The Emergence of Children's Hospitals in an Age of Women's Reform   David C. Sloane     42
Sick Children and the Thresholds of Domesticity: The Dawson-Harrington Families at Home   Annmarie Adams   Peter Gossage     61
The "Myers Park Experiment" in Auckland, New Zealand, 1913-1916   Anene Cusins-Lewer   Julia Gatley     82
The Choreography of Education and Play
A Breath of Fresh Air: Open-Air Schools in Europe   Anne-Marie Chatelet     107
Molding the Republican Generation: The Landscapes of Learning in Early Republican Turkey   Zeynep Kezer     128
Nomadic Schools in Senegal: Manifestations of Integration or Ritual Performance?   Kristine Juul     152
Adventure Playgrounds and Postwar Reconstruction   Roy Kozlovsky     171
Space, Power, and Inequality in Modern Childhoods
The View from the Back Step: White ChildrenLearn about Race in Johannesburg's Suburban Homes   Rebecca Ginsburg     193
Children and the Rosenwald Schools of the American South   Mary S. Hoffschwelle     213
The Geographies and Identities of Street Girls in Indonesia   Harriot Beazley     233
Consumption, Commodification, and the Media: Material Culture and Contemporary Childhoods
Coming of Age in Suburbia: Gifting the Consumer Child   Alison J. Clarke     253
Inscribing Nordic Childhoods at McDonald's   Helene Brembeck     269
"Board with the World": Youthful Approaches to Landscapes and Mediascapes   Olav Christensen     282
Migrating Media: Anime Media Mixes and the Childhood Imagination   Mizuko Ito     301
Epilogue: The Islanding of Children-Reshaping the Mythical Landscapes of Childhood   John R. Gillis     316
Notes on Contributors     331
Index     335
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